It covers all the basics – knitting an edging, sewing to fit knitting, and installing a zipper.
The bag takes just a tiny bit of fabric and yarn and is great for scraps and partial balls of yarn. If you don’t have a fabric stash ask to “shop” at a friend’s before investing in a lot of fabirc. Be warned though – fabric shopping can be just a stash enhancing as buying yarn.
Approx 5-1/2″ tall and 7″ at top and 11″ at bottom.
Noro Silk Garden (45% silk, 45% kid mohair, 10% lamb’s wool; 108 yards [100 meters]/50 g): Color 37, 1/5 balll
Approx 9″ x 12″ (1 fat eighth will work)
US #6 (4.0 mm) or size to get gauge: straight
20 sts and 24 rows = 4″ in St st
Tapestry needle; 7″ zipper; machine sewing thread
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The knitted band is made first and then the fabric portion is cut to fit the band. Then the coordinating zipper is attached by hand.
All seam allowances are 1/4″.
CO 70 sts. Work 1-3/4″ of garter stitch (knit every row). BO.
Fold knitted band in half and measure length Add 2-1/2″ to it. Cut a piece of fabric 9″ tall x the length measured against the band.
Baste four 1/2″ pleats in each of the wide ends of the rectangle. Angle all pleats inward refrencing photos for placement. Check to confirm that bag will fit knitted band.
When sizing fabric to meet with knitting, err on the side of the fabric being larger than the knitted piece. Knitting has a lot of give in comparison to fabric and can be eased to accommodate a larger piece of fabric.
Fold fabric in half with right sides together, meeting both sets of pleats. Sew seams along both shorter ends. Trim corners and turn inside out.
Fold raw edges down along top to and sew a double 1/4″ hem (fold fabric under twice).
Hand sew band to fabric, easing in fabric if necessary.
Pin zipper to band and hand sew in place.
About the Designer: Jody Richards
Jody is a lifelong knitter, long-time knit blogger, and the founder of Knotions. She learned to sew even before she learned how to knit and enjoyed designed these combo projects more than she ever imagined. She lives in New Jersey, just outside of Philadelphia, and can’t wait for the day she can call Philly her home again.
Pattern and images © 2009 Jody Richards.